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Move first, sell second

Virginia couple enjoys stress-free move with unique realty, moving program

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July 24th, 2012

Not wanting to postpone their new life attarget="_blank"> Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va., Wally and Kathleen Russell made the bold decision to move in first and then deal with the task of selling the Mt. Vernon house they had lived in for the past 43 years. As members of the priority list, we attended many functions at Ashby Ponds and learned about all the services Erickson Realty and Moving Services provided, says Kathleen. We spoke with Personal Moving Consultant Elizabeth McCumiskey and immediately felt confident moving first and selling our home second. For us, it made a lot of sense, says Wally. We were able to take our time deciding what to take with us, what to sell, and still have time and space to prepare our house for sale.

First things first

Initiating the moving process, McCumiskey visited the couple in their house. We showed her the furniture we wanted to take with us, says Kathleen. She measured it all and placed it on a copy of the floor plan of our new Ashby Ponds home. That was a huge help. Next, McCumiskey introduced the Russells to an Erickson Realty and Moving Services preferred real estate agent and a moving company. Everyone was wonderful, says Kathleen. We not only had everything packed for us, but because we met and discussed the move beforehand, the movers knew exactly where to put everything on moving day.

Out of the way

A week after their move in April, McCumiskey helped orchestrate an estate sale for the items the Russells did not wish to keep. Once all the furniture was out of the house, work began on getting the couple s house ready for sale. We were very fortunate we were already settling into Ashby Ponds when the work was being done, says Wally. Heeding their real estate agent s advice, the Russells hired painters to freshen up the house and had the carpeting pulled up to showcase the enviable hardwood flooring underneath. The hard work paid off. Within two days of putting their house on the market, the Russells had a contract in hand. We cannot say enough good things about all the help we received, says Kathleen. I would, by all means, recommend Erickson Realty and Moving Services.